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About TCCS


The TCCS mission is to establish a dynamic learning environment that nourishes children’s academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being. The Teachers College Community School strives to provide a child-centered environment that will inspire and challenge all of our students to become independent thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners, and to work as a collaborative unit of parents, faculty and staff to ensure that our students perform their optimal best.

School Culture

TCCS has high expectations for all members of the school community. As a community of learners, our goal is to develop the ability to use our minds well; in and out of school and in our relationships with each other. We aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who, through engagement, understanding and respect, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Additionally, our school believes in motivating our children, and school community, through positive reinforcement. Using a Positive Behavioral Interventions Systems model, our school continues to foster healthy relationships amongst our children, staff and parents. In order to create a culture that promotes these goals, we have four behavioral expectations that guide our actions:

1. Respect                   2. Own it                      3. Act Safely                4. Responsibility

TCCS is also an active professional development site for pre-service and experienced educators where learning can be shared and extended across schools. TCCS classrooms serve as centers for curriculum development and educational research related to key questions in teaching and learning. Teachers College maintains a strong presence to enrich student learning and teacher professional development.

Partnership with Teachers College

TCCS was established in 2011 through a partnership of Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, Manhattan Community Board 9, and the New York City Department of Education. It is a non-selective, choice PreK-8 public elementary and middle school that gives priority to families residing in Community School Districts 5 and 6.

Teachers College regards TCCS as central to its founding mission to bring educational opportunities to all members of society. TC’s guiding principle in creating the school is to deliver exemplary, comprehensive educational opportunities to children in West Harlem, including best educational practices for teaching and learning, early childhood education so that children get a good start, and social and health services that support children’s ability to learn. The partners have been able to lay a solid foundation thanks to the commitment and hard work of the school’s administration, instructional staff and parents, along with Teachers College faculty and students and community partners.

To ensure and sustain the school’s success, TC provides a range of services, expertise and other resources:

  • Assists in the development and evaluation of curriculum
  • Provides professional development for teachers
  • Places student teachers, tutors, and interns in the school
  • Provides academic enrichment in areas such as art, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
  • Offers health, wellness, and family support services
  • Provides access to College facilities such as libraries, laboratories, and auditoriums
  • Participates in school governance, planning, and operations
  • Builds public and private partnerships and raises funds to support the school

Each year, Teachers College provides enriched learning experiences for students in every grade. TC enlists faculty experts to guide academic and extra-curricular programming at the school, as well as dozens of graduate students to assist with programming. Since the school’s inception, TC students and alumni have taught art, music, science, robotics, creative technologies, nutrition, PE, and Spanish classes during the school day and/or through TC academic extensions.

TC’s commitments to TCCS are managed by TC's Office of the President. TC faculty and students are on site regularly, and their involvement is coordinated by Amy Hawley Alvarez, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of the President, as well as Kelsey Mearman, the Assistant TC Liaison.


TCCS has two locations:
Upper School and Main Office Lower School
168 Morningside Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States
223 W. 132nd Street
New York, NY  10027
United States